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PM Modi’s welcome announcement corrects what was wrong with the govt’s vaccination policy

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Announcements in PM Modi’s speech on vaccinations and food grains are welcome. A vaccine policy with three price levels where the Centre reserves half the production at the lowest price for itself, was no decentralisation. Alibis and scapegoats are par for course in political discourse, but a correction deserves applause/acknowledgement.

On Abhishek’s TMC ‘promotion’, outrage about dynasty is justified, though hypocritical

Abhishek Banerjee’s elevation in Trinamool Congress unfolds his aunt Mamata Banerjee’s succession plan. Outrage over dynastic politics is justified, albeit hypocritical. One can’t wish it away, like it or not. Even PM Modi has dynasts in his party and government. Pragmatism demands that they be assessed on merit and performance.

Yediyurappa on the edge but BJP must focus on pandemic management, not power games

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa’s readiness to resign if high command asks him betrays exasperation of a leader living on the edge for long. Not a day passes without a minister or party MLA attacking him. Modi-Shah silence speaks aloud. BJP must focus on governance and pandemic management, not power games.

Govt’s education performance index is another proof India needs to lift laggard heartland states

The government education performance index once again points to India’s heartland problem. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have regressed. The low ranking on development and education index in these states, along with backbencher Bihar, is pulling the India story down. India can’t progress until the last of the laggard states lift.

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